Postseason Bowl Administration
Postseason Bowl Resources
- Conference Bowl Financial Form
- Postseason Bowl Handbook
- Supplemental Schedule of Bowl Revenues and Expenses
- Board Governance and Accountability Questionnaire
- Postseason Football Documents:
Football bowl review
In 2011, the NCAA established a process to ensure football bowls are operated within established NCAA guidelines. For the first phase of the independent review beginning this fall, NCAA staff selected six bowls that are representative of the broad spectrum of current postseason bowls. BKD, LLP, a nationally-known advisory firm, was selected to conduct the reviews. It is anticipated that within a 4-5 year period all NCAA postseason bowls will be reviewed.
2012-13 Bowl Reviews:
- Valero Alamo Bowl
- Tostitos Fiesta Bowl
- Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl
- Heart of Dallas Bowl
- Las Vegas Bowl
- New Era Pinstripe Bowl
Postseason Bowl FAQs
What is the BCS?
The arrangement that determines a national champion in the Football Bowl Subdivision-- the Bowl Championship Series -- is administered by the 11 FBS conferences and the University of Notre Dame. The first year of the BCS was 1998.
Visit the official BCS Web site: www.bcsfootball.org
What are NCAA rules regarding bowl gifts?
NCAA members feel it is important to allow mementos or other awards to honor the hard work of student-athletes to achieve athletics success, from regular-season participation through a national championship. To not allow this would mean national champions could not receive a ring, Heisman winners could not receive a trophy, or seniors could not receive a keepsake honoring years of hard work. Allowing these awards with reasonable limits is well within the confines of amateurism. The limits are meant to level the playing field. NCAA members don’t want a large, profitable program or event to be able to provide more valuable gifts than less-profitable schools or events. The limits allow a reasonable award while helping to ensure that everybody participates on an equal footing.
For detailed information, see Bylaw 16.1 in the Division I manual.
What are the limits on gifts student-athletes can receive?
•Annual Participation: Institution may give awards valued at up to $225/sport (underclassmen); and awards valued at up to $425/sport (seniors).
•Postseason conference championship or tournament: Institution and event managers may give a COMBINED total of awards valued at up to $375.
•Postseason NCAA championship or tournament: Institution may give awards valued at up to $375; there is no limit for what the NCAA may give.
•All-star game or bowl: Institution may give awards valued at up to $400. Event Management may give awards valued at up to $550.
•Other established meets, tournaments: Institution and event management may give a COMBINED total of awards valued at up to $400.
•NCAA National Championship: Institution and conference may each give awards valued at up to $415 per each championship conducted by the NCAA.
•Non-NCAA National Championship: same as above.
•Regular season conference champs: Institution and conference may each give awards valued at up to $325. (NOTE: If same team wins regular season and tournament, the combined total shall not exceed awards valued at up to $325).
•Postseason conference champs: Institution and conference may each give awards valued at up to $325. (NOTE: If same team wins regular season and tournament, the combined total shall not exceed awards valued at up to $325).
What are NCAA guidelines for bowl teams and practice?
Although there is no specific limit on the number of practices teams may hold while preparing for a bowl game, standard NCAA rules apply for student-athletes’ participation in practice or other athletically related activities. Same as the regular season, these rules limit practice and other athletic activities to a maximum of four hours per day and 20 hours per week.
What are the new postseason eligibility standards?
The new postseason eligibility structure will take effect in the 2012-13 academic year, with a two-year implementation window before the benchmark moves from 900 to 930. For access to postseason competition in 2012-13 and 2013-14, teams must achieve a 900 multi-year APR or a 930 average over the most recent two years to be eligible.
In 2014-15, teams that don’t achieve the 930 benchmark for their four-year APR or at least a 940 average for the most recent two years will be ineligible for postseason competition.
In 2015-16, the 930 benchmark for postseason competition participation – and additional penalties – will be implemented fully. The APR requirement for postseason participation would be waived only in extraordinary circumstances.
The structure will allow for some adjustments for teams that improve once they enter the second level of penalties. The Board of Directors provided special allowances for historically black colleges and universities (HBCU) and low-resource schools and supported the creation of an HBCU advisory group to study academic performance of student-athletes at those institutions.
How is officiating handled for bowl games?
Officials for postseason football games licensed each year by the NCAA are assigned under the jurisdiction of the NCAA Football Issues Committee. The National Coordinator of Officials along with three Football Bowl Subdivision supervisors of officials work with the committee to coordinate crew assignments and make any changes to ensure neutral crews are assigned to games after the teams have been invited to participate. The NCAA staff liaison to the committee also participates in this process along with the national supervisor of officials, who is a permanent ex officio member of the officials subcommittee.
What is the payout structure for the BCS games?
The NCAA compiles the finances for the bowl games as part of its licensing role for the contests.
Separate from the bowl games, how are football championships structured in Divisions I, II and III?
The NCAA hosts three football championships: the Division I Football Championship for teams in the NCAA Football Championship Subdivision, the Division II Football Championship and the Division III Football Championship.
Can institutions pay for student-athlete spouse travel?
The institution may provide the cost of actual and necessary expenses (e.g., transportation, lodging, meals and expenses associated with team entertainment functions) for the spouse and children of an eligible student-athlete to accompany the student-athlete to the bowl game.
Is it unfair that student-athletes not in the postseason don’t receive an additional award?
There are allowances for awards in regular season participation. The limits for annual participation are: Awards valued up to $175/sport for underclassmen and awards valued at up to $325/sport for seniors.
Can student-athletes receive cash?
Awards may not include cash, gift certificates, gift cards that are redeemable for cash (original amount or any balance thereof), a cash-equivalent award (an item that is negotiable for cash or trade or other services, benefits or merchandise) for athletics participation, or a country club or sports club membership.
Is merchandise other than trophies, rings, etc. allowed, including electronics?
Merchandise is allowed, but it must abide by the limits stated above and may not be re-sold.
May any award be sold or traded?
Awards received for intercollegiate athletics participation may not be sold, exchanged or assigned for another item of value, even if the student-athlete's name or picture does not appear on the award.
Can student-athletes receive incidental expenses while traveling for bowl games?
Participating schools may provide $20 per day for incidental expenses for team members.